Spotlight on Sharing: Friday Grab Bag, November 4, 2016

Weekend Grab BagEvery day I see interesting and innovative resource sharing happening in Colorado libraries. Many of the programs I collect into Spotlight on Sharing blog posts, which are themed so that readers can easily find inspiration or ideas about a particular topic. But sometimes an activity is so fun (or unusual!) that I just want to share it. That’s why I’m trying a new feature called the Friday Grab Bag, and as the name implies it’s a mix of activities, programs, and resources that stood out to me during the week.

At the end I’ve also included a section called What’s New on Colorado Virtual Library in case you missed any recent posts. Let me know what you think—and of course, I’d love to know what’s happening in your library for an upcoming Spotlight on Sharing post. Email me, Amy Hitchner, at or tweet me @hitchlib.

Let’s see what’s in the Friday Grab Bag!

Ridgway Public Library is hosting Learn How to Save Seeds, a free class from the Ridgway Seed Lending Library on Saturday, November 5 from 10:00 am to 1:00 pm.

Mesa County Libraries kicks off its annual Culture Fest with Princess Fearless (aka Mindy Dillard). She will play fierce, family folk music at the Central Library on Friday, November 4 from 3:00 to 5:00 pm. The main Culture Fest event will take place on Saturday, November 5 from 11:00 to 3:00 at the Central Library.

Ruby M. Sisson Memorial Library is now circulating a bicycle repair kit, complete with a maintenance handbook. Check out their Facebook post to see a picture.

Arapahoe Libraries will host the Denver String Quintet (that’s a quartet plus a piano, in case you’re counting) in concert this Saturday, November 5 from 2:00 to 3:00 pm at the Eloise May branch.

On Sunday, November 6 from 12:00 to 5:00 pm, Pine River Library is teaming up with the Pine River Garden Club and local artist Krista Harris to offer a class on building outdoor sculptures. Bring your supplies!

NaNoWriMo activities are kicking into high gear around Colorado this weekend. See what Colorado libraries have planned.

What’s New on Colorado Virtual Library?

In the latest Book Club Resource post, Arian shows us some tasty recipes to accompany Saffron Kitchen, by Yasmin Crowther.

International Games Day @ Your Library is coming up on November 19. In the latest Spotlight on Sharing post, I give a run-down of how Colorado libraries are supporting this event.

Does your website need a little love? Babi describes some common pitfalls (and how to fix them) in Enduring Web Design Mistakes.

Halloween may be over, but it’s still fun to read spooky stories and learn how Coloradans have celebrated throughout our state’s history. Leigh has collected many relevant Halloween stories from the Colorado Historic Newspapers Collection.

This post is part of the Spotlight on Sharing initiative, which aims to increase the visibility of resource sharing in Colorado libraries. How is your library sharing? We’d love to hear about it! Email Amy Hitcher, On Twitter follow @hitchlib and use the hashtag #spotlightonsharing.

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